YDNA Walker Group 33

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Surnames
Walker
Places
Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
Caswell, North Carolina, United States
Rockingham, North Carolina, United States
Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States
Hampshire, West Virginia, United States
Portage, Ohio, United States
Adams, Ohio, United States
Jefferson, Kentucky, United States
Jefferson, Iowa, United States
Davidson, Tennessee, United States
Maury, Tennessee, United States
Pike, Missouri, United States
Pike, Illinois, United States
Williamson, Tennessee, United States
Fayette, Tennessee, United States
Coffee, Tennessee, United States
Bedford, Tennessee, United States
McNairy, Tennessee, United States
Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, United States
Year range
1700 - 1930

Group 33

Walker Group-33 is a solidly Scotch-Irish line of Walkers with hapologroups associated with western Scotland: R-P312/S116 > Z40481 > FGC84729 > ZZ37 > ZZ38 > L624/S389 > Z30600 > BY15423[1] Almost all kits can be plausibly traced to three men who settled Cumberland, Pennsylvania in the mid 1700's. These three men are the "patriarchs" of this Walker line. According to Egle's Notes and Queries, an unreliable secondary source, these three men were brothers. Given the very close genetic distance between the descendants of these men, the close proximity of these men in Pennsylvania, their similar ages, and even similar names among their children, this claim is likely correct. In fact, the kits discovered so far match closely enough for a single common ancestor born in 1670. For the first few generations in North America, this line of Walkers was very conservative with the names of their children favoring Robert, Samuel, John, James, Abraham, William, Elizabeth, and Jane. This has led to widespread confusion between cousins in this family as well as completely unrelated Walker lines. Other child names typically came from the mother's family. The earliest ancestor for this group is supposed to be a Robert Walker, but it is notable that each of the three brothers above had a child named James, and almost every single man in the second generation also named a child James. It is plausible that the common ancestor for the YDNA group was a James, not a Robert Walker.

It is important to note that there are a small number of kits that do not fit cleanly into one tree. Kit 52745 is connected to the Wigton Walkers. Most Wigton Walkers match into the unrelated YDNA group 8 (See Wigton Walker YDNA). Kit 494697 (See John Walker) appears to be a separate importation from these three patriarchs, possibly an uncle or brother that stayed in Ireland for an extra generation before immigrating to Westmoreland, PA in 1785. Kits 153949, 550425, and 502587 share a mutation at DYS576, suggesting these three may be a descendant of John Walker.

1. William Walker of Hogan's Creek
2. James Walker of Newville
3. Robert Walker of Yellow Breeches

These are the Walker Group-33 kits posted on the FTDNA Walker surname project with their most earliest identified ancestor. Source material for this information can be accessed at the Walker FTDNA page.

Kit Lineage Most Likely Ancestor as of 2020
52745 William Walker b 1770 Green Brier, Rockbridge Co., VA d 1824 Upper Sandusky, OH m Catherine Rankin Unknown. Typically associated with the Wigton Walkers. It is plausible that 52745 is actually a descendant of a marriage between these two Walker lines which would suggest that the earliest ancestor of this kit is actually James Walker.
10874 Samuel Walker (b. circa 1726; died bef. July 1796 Caswell County, NC) married Eleanor (born @1734; died about 1805 Caswell County, NC)James Walker
72271 Alexander Walker b 1766 NC d Dec 1810 or Jan 1811 Caswell Co., NC m by 1793 Mary b between 1760 and 1765 d prob during 1830's prob Caswell Co., NC (5 children)James Walker
84743 William Donaldson Walker b 1847 Louisville, KY or Greenup Co., KY d 1919 Greenville, TX m 1881 Jo Anna CarollRobert Walker
34222 Joseph Walker d 2 May 1846 Pleasant Hill Township, Pike Co. IL m 28 Jan 1819 Pike Co., MO, Sarah Patterson b MO d 7 Jan 1852 Pleasant Hill Township, Pike Co., ILJames Walker
137216 Robert WALKER SR. (b. 1719 Ire Bef d. 28 Jul 1792 PA) m. Jean-JaneRobert Walker
153949 Adam Walker B: 1790 in grant county Kemtucky, D: Aft. 1870 in Boone Co INRobert Walker
97160 James Walker b. 2 Mar 1755 Cumberland Co, PA, d. abt 1837 Adams Co, OHJames Walker
433084 John Walker b. 1799 Tn - 1839 Maury, TNWilliam Walker
494697 John M. Walker (b 11/11/1833 Westmoreland County, PA, d 1/16/1906 Westmoreland County, PA) and Margaret Bennett (b 3/7/1827 Beaver, PA, d 7/28/1907 Beaver, PA) Married 1872Unknown brother or cousin to Robert Walker, William Walker, and James Walker who stayed in Ireland and later migrated to Westmoreland, PA in 1785. See John Walker
502587 John Walker b 1818 Huntingdon Co., PA d 1860 Scott Co., IA m 1844 Martha Ann Kinkead in Huntingdon Co., PARobert Walker
550425 Samuel Walker (b. Abt. 1781 Kentucky d. Bef. 1849 Jefferson Co. Iowa) m. Abt. 1800 unconfirmedRobert Walker


Reconstructed Tree (As of 2020)

Reconstructed Tree of Walker YDNA Group-33. Black lines represent connections that can be supported by primary records alone, no DNA needed. Green lines represent situations where documents are lost or scarce, but proximity, time, and other surviving records combined with the DNA match suggest the connection is correct.
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Reconstructed Tree of Walker YDNA Group-33. Black lines represent connections that can be supported by primary records alone, no DNA needed. Green lines represent situations where documents are lost or scarce, but proximity, time, and other surviving records combined with the DNA match suggest the connection is correct.


Notes

  1. Information volunteered by Jacob Walker of kit 433084. Link to ytree.net